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George Mackley-Wilma Keyes Correspondence Collection

Identifier: 1998-0205

Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence from George Mackley, Elizabeth Andrews (Lib), Harold Hugo, Emily Mackley and Pamela Mackley to Wilma Keyes from 1949 through 1983. Also included are 8 examples of Mackley's work.

In 1949, Miss Keyes traveled to England and while there attended an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. She was particularly interested in the wood engravings of George Mackley and contacted him. The two corresponded between 1949 and 1981. Mackley sent Keyes quantities of his wood engravings on consignment and Miss Keyes was successful in selling them. Her friend Harold Hugo, director of the Meriden Gravure Company was a collector of Mackley and also corresponded. A faculty member and his wife (Henry and Elizabeth Andrews) framed and sold a number of prints and, while in England, made a special point of meeting Mackley.

In failing health in his later years, Mackley was no longer able to hold the engraving tools and turned to water colors, three of which he sent to Miss Keyes and are part of the collection. Miss Keyes has also included four engravings and one pencil sketch in her donation.

The original collection also included two books, both of which have been catalogued and are available in the Dodd Center: Wood Engraving (C 4829) and George Mackley's Picture Book (WNE 17).


  • 1949-1983


The collection is open and available for research.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from the owner(s) of the copyright.


Wilma Keyes was a long time member of the University of Connecticut faculty. Hired during the administration of Charles Beach, Keyes taught primarily art in the home economics department. Keyes is credited as establishing programs which eventually led to the establishment of the School of Fine Arts.

George Mackley (British, 1900-1983) was a fellow of the Royal Academy of Artists and wood engraver. Toward the end of his life he also painted watercolors.


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The collection contains correspondence between George Mackley and members of his family and University of Connecticut professor, Wilma Keyes.

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated by Wilma Keyes in 1981 and 1994.

Related Material

Archives & Special Collections has a substantial collection of materials pertaining to graphic and fine art materials. For detailed information on these collections please contact the curator or ask at the Reading Room desk.

George Mackley-Wilma Keyes Correspondence Collection
Archives & Special Collections staff
2002 September
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

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